Troy Boone

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Contact Information

Associate Professor

boone@pitt.edu

CL 517G

Troy Boone is a specialist in Victorian studies whose areas of scholarly interest include ecocriticism, children’s literature, imperialism and literature, and the gothic.  He is currently completing a book titled Victorian Ecology, the Brontës, and the North of England, which offers an interdisciplinary analysis of the representation of wilderness, industrialization, and regionalism in British writing of the nineteenth century.  He is also at work on a study of middle-class downward mobility in British children’s literature and culture; a version of a chapter on Kenneth Grahame, Edith Nesbit, and machine culture has been published in the journal Children’s Literature.  He has begun a study of the genre of ecohorror.

 

His first book, Youth of Darkest England: Working-Class Children at the Heart of Victorian Empire, was published by Routledge in 2005.  He has also published articles on such topics as Bram Stoker and fin-de-siecle decadence; Victorian tourist guidebooks; Joseph Conrad and the Titanic disaster; the Marquis de Sade and romantic-era discourses on sexuality; Bernard Shaw and the Salvation Army; Daniel Defoe and the origins of gothic fiction; Mark Twain's detective fictions, Girl Scout handbooks, and the Nancy Drew mysteries.

 

His next article publication will be “Early Dickens and Ecocriticism: The Social Novelist and the Nonhuman" (forthcoming 2015).

Teaching

Recent Graduate Courses

Topics in Nineteenth-Century Culture: Global Fiction in the Victorian Age
Topics in Nineteenth-Century Culture: Savagery and Civilization
Children’s Literature
Imperialism and Modernity: The West Indies
Imperialism and Modernity: The Near East
Young Britain: Class, Nation, and Youth
 

Recent Undergraduate Courses

Senior Seminars on Dickens, the Brontës, Joseph Conrad, and the lyric
Literature and the Environment
The Romantic Period
The Gothic Imagination
Reading Poetry
Critical Approaches to Children’s Literature
Childhood’s Books
 
Youth of Darkest England: Working-Class Children at the Heart of Victorian Empir
Troy Boone. Youth of Darkest England: Working-Class Children at the Heart of Victorian Empire. Routledge, 2004